Italy Vacation Package

Looking for an Italy vacation package? There are so many out there to suit every taste, age group and wallet, you’ll be able to pick one that’s just right for you. Let’s take a quick look at some of the options you have available.

If you’re somewhat the adventurous type, but would rather have someone else handle car rentals, rail tickets and hotel bookings, you may like the “Independent Traveler” type of Italy vacation package. Sites catering to the independent traveler perform these types of services, as well as offering ready-made itineraries and message boards or forums where you can pick up tips from other travelers.

Are you a foodie? There are cooking and food-oriented Italy vacation packages that make all the arrangements for a set price. This foodie lovers’ Italy vacation package may set you up in an apartment within a villa, offering luxurious accommodations with daily cooking classes.

Rome Travel Guide – A Short Trip to Rome

Rome is a magical place! A City that has the present and the past elegantly standing shoulder to shoulder and of course that makes Rome a perfect destination for any visitor.

Whether you have your heart set on ticking off the famous sights one by one or you are just planning to put your feet up and rest, Rome is the ideal location.

Be warned though, it has to be said that in the middle of summer the heat in Rome is fierce! But then there is always an icy fountain to dip your feet into and then close by an awning of a street café so that you can sit in the shade while you sip the icy cold local delicate beer and do what the Romans do and watch and enjoy the passers-by.

If your stay is short–and 45% of all visitor trips to Rome are for less than four days–then here is a very brief list of the places you must see:

The Vatican and St Peter’s Square. The Vatican is at the north corner of the enormous St Peter’s Square, which is great because you will be able to take in two of the most famous places in the world in one go.

The Vatican is not the biggest place in the world but it has so many reasons to be one of the world’s most famous places. It is built on the Tomb of St Peter and is the smallest state in the World and better still it is also very, very beautiful, from the shock of artistic genius in the Sistine Chapel to the wonderful Gardens and Water Features the Vatican as a tourist attraction it has few, if any peers.

Other places not to miss in Rome include the beautiful Trevi Fountain made famous by the divine movie Roman Holiday, the Fountain stands at the end of the Roman Aqua Virgo aqueduct which was built in the 19 BC and everyone know the legend that says that if you throw a coin into the fountain you are promised that you will return to Rome.

Another place not to miss is a building which boasts a very bizarre history The Castel Sant’ Angelo which was built as the Mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian but rather oddly has also been a residence for Popes and a Prison, though it has to be said not at the same time.

If you tend to believe that the coins that you have tossed into the Trevi Fountain are not going to work, do try not to miss the Spanish Steps, and most important of all Rome’s monuments the unbelievable Colosseum (full ticket entrance for this year 15.50 Euros or around $22.5) which was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian One Thousand and Thirty Nine Years Ago, yes 1937 years ago it has to be written in words to be believed, actually just like Rome!

There are dozens of ways of travelling to Rome, if you are already in Europe then car or train will take you easily into the heart of this marvellous City, though watch out for traffic jams, these are actually best viewed from the sidewalk where you can enjoy the Roman’s amusing impatience and love of using their auto’s horns.

If you are coming from further afield then the busy airport is easily reached, but and it is a big one, make sure that you have an hotel booked before you travel.

Visiting the Venice Carnival

There are many carnivals celebrated all over the world but the Carnival of Venice is one of the best known and most visited of them all. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Venice during the Carnival to enjoy the amazing costumes, Venetian Masks, events, balls, parties and of course Venice’s spectacular city attractions. Visiting the Carnival of Venice is easier than you might think, especially with the following useful information in hand!

When is the Carnival of Venice?

The Venice Carnival is an annual festival that’s taken place every year since it was reborn in 1979 though historically the Carnival of Venice is hundreds of years old.

Like many carnivals around the world, the actual dates of the Venice Carnival are dictated by the religious calendar, depending on when Lent falls. In 2011 the Carnival of Venice will be from Saturday 26 February until Tuesday 8 March but you can work out future years by knowing that it begins on a Friday or Saturday and runs for one and a half weeks until ending on Mardi Gras (or Fat) Tuesday.

Getting to the Carnival of Venice

The city of Venice is in high demand with tourists whatever the time of year but the peak summer season and the Venice Carnival season are the most popular times. If you’re planning to come along to the Carnival of Venice you should book your travel arrangements and accommodation as early as possible.

There are two airports that serve the Venice area – the Venice Marco Polo Airport, and the Treviso Airport. The Treviso Airport is good for cheaper flights to Venice but unless you want a longer transfer time you’d be better off booking a flight to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport instead. From the airport you can take a water taxi to the historic centre of Venice and arrive in style!

Where to Stay in Venice

During the Venice Carnival the streets of Venice are even more vibrant than the rest of the year and there’s always something going on! Staying in the heart of historic Venice puts you right in the middle of all the action giving you easy access to those events and all of Venice’s other attractions. However, the centre of Venice is the most expensive place to stay and is over budget for many visitors to the Venice Carnival.

You could also consider staying on the Mainland (Terreferma) as prices of hotels are considerably cheaper here and it’s easy to get over to the heart of Venice via boats and the bridge that connects the centre of Venice to the mainland.

Another option is the outlying islands of the Venetian Lagoon such as the Lido, Murano, and Burano to name just a few, and these are connected to central Venice via water buses, called vaporetti.

Venice Carnival Events

With Venice’s reputation for being such an expensive city it’s reassuring to know that the majority of events at the Carnival of Venice are actually free! Numerous events take place across the course of the one and a half week long Venice Carnival including performances, parties, children’s events, fireworks, competitions, and of course the famous masked balls!

Most of the events that take place within the streets and squares of Venice are free to attend and you can pick up a calendar of events from the Venice tourist information centres at the beginning of your stay in Venice or check the posted schedules each day in places like St Mark’s Square.

If you want to get along to one of Venice’s famous masked balls then you’ll need to spend some money to do so! Demand is high for these events even though ticket prices can be very high, and to really look the part you’ll need to splash out on buying or renting a costume and of course a mask!

Venice Carnival Opening and Closing Parties

The opening and closing parties are usually the most popular events each year of the Venice Carnival, attracting thousands of people into the huge St Mark’s Square. The Grand Opening Party will take place on the first Sunday of the Carnival of Venice, and the night ends with a spectacular fireworks show, definitely one of the highlights of the Venice Carnival for many visitors!

Visit Italian Tourism for more information about Venice Carnival and the Carnival of Venice Events.